Thursday, November 22, 2012

Introducing Claptrap of Borderlands fame!

Greetings traveller! I am CL4P-TP; you may call me by my locally designated name, 'Claptrap'.

Claptraps are fun little robots you encounter in the Borderlands games. The poor things are often used for target practice and abused in other ways by the bandits of the Borderlands, so I spent much of my playthroughs wanting to give these poor guys a hug. Well, now I can!

Knitted Claptrap and Game Claptrap.

Work on Knitted Claptrap started in 2010. I made decent progress for about two weeks, then Christmas season kicked in in full force and I had little time for extra projects. Alas, after that poor Clapson had to sit on my desk in a semi-finished state for almost two years. When Borderlands 2 was released earlier this year, it inspired me to finish my own little robot!

Then for some oh-so-important numbers and other facts.

  • Mr. Claptrap is knitted both flat and in the round, from various DK weight wool blends.
  • Special techniques used include intarsia and i-cord knitting.
  • He needed a ridiculous total of 40 separate pieces, if I counted correctly.
  • He's a respectable 40 cm / 16" tall, making him the perfect size for hugs.
  • Working on him gave me a really sore neck on three occasions.

I wanted Claptrap as detailed as I could make him by knitting alone (plus a wee bit of embroidery). I could add a few more details, I suppose, but then I might go insane, so I say he's ready now.

So, what do you think?


  1. What a fruit of labour!
    Not that I know what Borderlands is, but that really looks like the real thing :)

  2. Anonymous2:25 am

    Oh my you do make some amazing creatures Morrgan!!
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog, lovely to 'meet' you. :)
    Vivienne x

  3. Anonymous8:35 pm

    Do you have a pattern for the claptrap?? My partner loves borderlands. please and thank you!!!

  4. Thanks everyone!

    Anonymous, sorry, but I don't have a pattern for him. I just made him up as I worked.

  5. Anonymous5:32 am

    I would love one! would you ever consider selling them?

  6. ^Thanks, glad to hear you like him! I'm afraid that at this point I'm not planning to make another one; especially as it took me 2 years to make this one. ;)

  7. Oh he's so awesome! I love Nerdigurumi's pattern for hers but yours is just so detailed and bad@ss!
    Any chance you'll be sharing a pattern or notes for him. Once again AAAAAMAZING!

  8. Wow, this Claptrap is amazing!!! Great job!! :) My hubby would love this and with his bday coming up I hope to make him something similar (but probably less awesome). I understand that you don't have a pattern, but any chance that you can give me some tips, for example on how to do the body? would be much appreciated! thnx!

  9. Thanks Nienke and so sorry about the late reply! I guess it might be too late for you to use now, but I'd suggest looking at the "in progress" posts and photos (linked to in this post). They give an idea of the process and what the separate pieces looked like.

  10. Hiya!
    What did you use to stuff him so he didn't end up as a blob? He's amazinggggg!

  11. Omg Clappy!!!! My favourite character in Borderlands. Wish they were to be sold 😍😍😍